Sleepers (TV series)
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|Directed by||Geoffrey Sax|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original release||10 April 1991– 1 May 1991|
In post-Glasnost Moscow, the KGB stumbles across an old disused training facility recreating 1960s London. They soon discover that the purpose of the facility was to integrate KGB agents into British society. Two of these agents are still missing 25 years later. In fact, the two agents have become integrated into British society so well they themselves have forgotten the reason they were sent there in the first place. They are as British as the British as far as they are concerned. One of them, Jeremy Coward, has become a successful City financier with a string of girlfriends, a posh car and a studio apartment. The other, Albert Robinson, is a hard-working moderate trade unionist living in Eccles in the north of England, with a wife, children and a council house.
One day, Albert's daughter hears a strange noise coming from the attic. Looking for his daughter, Albert also hears the noise and discovers an old radio transmitter. He recognises the Russian radio transmission and suddenly realises that his old bosses are out to find him. Scared for his family, he goes away for a few days and manages to relocate his associate.
The KGB also begin to take action to retrieve the two rogue agents and send Major Grishina - a darkly attractive female officer - to the United Kingdom in order to bring them back to the Soviet Union. Her arrival alerts the CIA and MI5 that something big must be happening for the KGB to send such a high-ranking officer to Britain. Her arrival also shakes up the Soviet representatives in the UK. The chief KGB officer in the UK is more decadent than the locals and is originally discovered watching an American baseball game on the TV.
The action unfolds as the KGB pursue the two errant agents across England - hotly pursued by the CIA and MI5.
- Nigel Havers — "Jeremy Coward" / "Sergei Rublev"
- Warren Clarke — "Albert Robinson" / "Vladimir Zelenski"
- Michael Gough — "Andrei Zorin"
- David Calder — "Victor Chekhov"
- Joanna Kanska — "Nina Grishna"
- Denica Fairman — "Georgina"
- Richard Huw — "Igor Kostov"
- Christopher Rozycki — "Oleg Petrovski"
- Annie Hulley — "Sandra Robinson"